Transfer Deadline Day: Eight of the biggest summer signings

The transfer window slams shut at midnight in Scotland and there have been some high-profile moves on deadline day.

Transfer Deadline Day: Eight of the biggest summer signings in Scottish football SNS Group

The transfer window slams shut at midnight in Scotland and football fans across the country are hoping their club can bring in some new faces at the last minute.

The window opened on June 20 and was initially due to close on Wednesday. But SPFL clubs were granted a 24-hour extension due to Premier Sports Cup fixtures taking place during the week.

The August transfer deadline has seen some crucial moves as managers look to finalise their squads for the long season ahead.

STV News looks back at some of the biggest summer deadline-day deals that Scottish football has seen over the last 15 years.

31 August 2021 – Jota from Benfica to Celtic, loan

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Portuguese winger Jota moved to Parkhead on a season-long loan deal from Benfica on transfer deadline day in August, 2021.

The 23-year-old played a key part in the club’s double-winning side – contributing 13 goals across all competitions as Ange Postecoglou’s team won the league and League Cup.

As a result, Celtic triggered the option to buy Jota permanently in a deal worth £6.5m earlier this summer.

Deadline day on 31 August last year was a memorable one for Celtic with Cameron Carter-Vickers and Giorgos Giakoumakis also arriving in the east end of Glasgow.

2 September 2019 – Ryan Kent from Liverpool to Rangers, £7m

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Ryan Kent completed a transfer deadline day switch from Liverpool to Rangers in September 2019.

Liverpool accepted a £7m offer for the winger, but Rangers did not announce the signing until just after the midnight deadline following the final day of the European transfer window.

Kent had spent the previous season on loan at Ibrox.

31 August 2006 – Lee Miller from Dundee United to Aberdeen, free

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Aberdeen signed striker Lee Miller from Dundee United on a free transfer in 2006.

He had fallen out of favour at Tannadice, despite moving to Tayside just the previous summer.

The short move up the A90 proved to be a smart decision, however, as Miller was a big hit at Pittodrie.

He twice reached double figures in his three full seasons and helped the Dons qualify for Europe twice. He even made them a six-figure profit when sold to Middlesbrough in 2010.

31 August 2010 – Alexei Eremenko from Metalist Kharkiv to Kilmarnock, loan

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Kilmarnock played an entertaining brand of football under the tenure of Mixu Paatelainen and at the heart of the team was Russian midfielder Alexei Eremenko

He moved to Rugby Park on loan from Ukrainian side Metalist Kharkiv in August 2010.

Eremenko made 31 appearances for Killie before joining Rubin Kazan.

He returned to East Ayrshire for the 2014-15 season and quickly assumed cult hero status.

31 August 2010 – Anthony Stokes from Hibernian to Celtic, £1.2m

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Celtic looked like they had snapped up a bargain when they signed Irishman Anthony Stokes from Hibs on transfer deadline day in August 2010.

He had scored 23 goals for the Leith outfit during the 2009-10 season and his goal-scoring prowess continued in the green and white hoops.

He twice netted more than 20 goals in a single season for Celtic and helped the Parkhead club to seven domestic trophies.

1 September 2014 – Dylan McGeouch from Celtic to Hibernian, loan

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McGeouch’s arrival at Easter Road in the summer of 2014 heralded an upturn in form for Alan Stubbs’ side.

Playing alongside the emerging Scott Allan, McGeouch helped make the Hibs midfield extremely difficult to play against.

While losing Allan to Celtic was no doubt a blow to the Hibs support, it was softened in a big way when they heard McGeouch was coming back to sign a permanent deal in the summer of 2015.

31 August 2007 – Christian Nade from Sheffield United to Hearts, £400,000

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Christian Nade signed for Hearts in a three-year-deal in the summer of 2007.

He left Sheffield United in a deal worth £400,000.

The Frenchman made 90 appearances for the Jambos, scoring eight goals. But his time at Tynecastle was affected by personal difficulties and he was released at the end of the 2009-10 season.

31 August 2007 – Steven Naismith from Kilmarnock to Rangers, £1.9m

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Steven Naismith left Rugby Park to sign for Rangers in August 2007.

The Ibrox club paid Kilmarnock a fee of £1.9m, completing a deal for the 20-year-old at 11.59pm.

Naismith had been the subject of intense interest from Rangers, who had four bids rejected before securing his signature.

The former Scotland international would go on to play almost 100 times for the Light Blues, scoring 28 goals.

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